Before setting out we plan a few additions to Vagabond:-
Forward looking Sonar www.echopilot.com
I believe its always good to see the rock before hitting it! We fitted Echo Pilot Platinum which gives a nice colour picture of the bottom ahead and has already proved useful getting over the sill in St Peter port ASAP to catch the tide through Alderney Race and maximise daylight for the Channel crossing and to tack just in time while beating up the Solent in a near gale.
Since Vagabond can take the ground I fitted ( M&G St Sampsons really!) aluminium side protection plates to protect the vulnerable transducer. These are welded to the hull and a wedge angle correction plate. http://www.mge.gg
M&G also fitted an additional Vetus Holding tank for the aft heads under the bunk in the stbd aft cabin - no smell - honest!!
Auxiliary VHF aerial on the Stern Arch - to act as an emergency aerial in case of mast loss and to be main aerial while in the canals.
North Sails made us a nice rainbow Cruising Chute and North Sea Maritime delivered a bow sprit to fly it from.
Hamble covers made a suite of bits - new stack pack mainsail cover; three piece deck sun shades; lee cloths all round; mosquito nets for all opening hatches.
Desalination - Reverse Osmosis water maker - since we intend to be in the Eastern Med where water gets very scarce on small islands in late summer we can make our own from the sea.
We replaced the noisy Air Wind Turbine with the excellent Superwind - and put it on a hinged mast on the stern arch to be easy to raise and lower in canals.
Heating - won’t be needed in the Med Summer - but it will be going back across the Channel and through France.
We bought a SeeMe radar transponder thinking to fit it to the mast when putting it back up in Sete, but David McLean of Marina Power in Shamrock key who had already been terrific in sorting our plotter chart card faults; fitting new lower Navpod box for our new gear that the crew could see over to steer, fitted new Inverter, helped with the new Superwind Wind turbine, etc. Insisted that we should have it up for the Channel crossing and it would only take 20 minutes! So we sent Monty to the masthead in nice new bosun’s chair - luckily it was comfortable as he eventually was up there for 9 hrs! - mice running away, wires sticking etc. - but we let him down for Lunch!